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A Midsummer Night's Dream, Middle Temple Hall

David Nice

You rarely see a full production of Shakespeare's dream play so magical it brings tears to the eyes. But then you don't often get 42 players and 14 voices joining the cast to...

DVD: The Hateful Eight

Mark Kidel

Tarantino’s latest bloodfest is a claustrophobic piece of cinema in which a very wild bunch, holed up in a Wyoming shack in the middle of a blizzard, confront their various pasts...

Marcus Brigstocke, Soho Theatre

Veronica Lee

It's striking what a broken heart can do for a comic. Not least it can provide him with some new material, but also make him take a step back to reevaluate what he has. In Marcus...

Zuev, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

David Nice

It often sounds as though Richard Strauss makes the ascent of his Alpine Symphony in too many layers of clothes. Hopes were that Vladimir Jurowski and the London Philharmonic...

The Silk Road, BBC Four

Marina Vaizey

Terracotta warriors, Bactrian two-humped camels, Heavenly Horses, Buddhist caves, sand dunes, the world’s first printed book, a silk factory and temples galore including one that...

CD: Snarky Puppy – Culcha Vulcha

Matthew Wright

Snarky Puppy make music on their own terms. Boundary-straddling is their stock in trade, from their origins between Brooklyn and Texas, their technique comprising complex...

Q&A Special: Sir Mark Elder on Dvořák

Jasper Rees

This May the Hallé is celebrating Dvořák. The orchestra’s music director Sir Mark Elder has previously mounted a festival of...

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Move, The Yardbirds

Kieron Tyler

The figures are approximate, but the Yardbirds’ first studio album has been issued on CD at least 12 separate times. With...

Piau, Les Talens Lyriques, Rousset, Wigmore Hall

Alexandra Coghlan

La Follia was, as every programme note inevitably reminds us, a pop song of its day. A strutting Spanish dance, it featured...

CD: Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley

Lisa-Marie Ferla

I find myself incredibly conflicted by a musician like Gregory Porter. Is my lack of response to his effortlessly soulful...

CD: Beyoncé - Lemonade

Katie Colombus

When life gives you lemons, what do you do? Well, Beyoncé took the fruits of her musical labour, those of the...

Daniel Kramer for ENO Artistic Director: cause for cautious optimism?

David Nice

Within the wounded, divided company of English National Opera – artists and administration still at loggerheads – the buzz...

Alberto Giacometti, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

Marina Vaizey

An exceptionally wide-ranging exhibition of paintings, sculptures, drawings and lithographs by Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966...

Classical CDs Weekly: Ibert, Martinů, Ravel

Graham Rickson

Ibert: Orchestral music Orchestre de la Suisse Romande/Neeme Järvi (Chandos)Eighty-two minutes of Jacques Ibert’s music may...

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two at the 50th Brighton Festival!

Thomas H Green

Brighton Festival is a fantastic, exhilarating, leading annual celebration of the arts, with events taking place in venues...

Son of Saul

Saskia Baron

In the world of the concentration camp, clothes or the lack of them sealed your fate. What you wore marked out your role;...

Il Vologeso, Classical Opera, Cadogan Hall

David Nice

A mere 10 minutes in to this concert performance of an 18th century delight by Neapolitan Niccolò Jommelli, you knew the...

10 Questions for Musician Debashish Bhattacharya

Thomas H Green

Debashish Bhattacharya (b 1963) is India’s leading lap steel guitar player. Equally happy in the worlds of Indian...

Tharaud, CBSO, Volkov, Symphony Hall Birmingham

Richard Bratby

Left, alone, Hans Abrahamsen’s new piano concerto for the left hand, swirls out of the darkness to a jagged motor rhythm....

Line of Duty, Series 3 Finale, BBC Two

Jasper Rees

At last, after three series, Line of Duty delivered a denouement that felt like a satisfying jackhammer to the solar plexus...

DVD: Tootsie

Saskia Baron

It’s fascinating to revisit Tootsie, some 30 years after its original success – in 1982 it was the biggest comedy hit of all...

theartsdesk on Vinyl: Volume 16 - Santana, Yeasayer and loads more

Thomas H Green

The recent Alien Day was a contrived event designed to sell as much tat related to the Alien film franchise as possible....

John Piper, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Florence Hallett

You wouldn't judge a painting on how it would look in your own home, but textiles are different: in fact it is exactly this...

Glennie, Ticciati, O/Modernt Kammarorkester, Kings Place

David Nice

It is a truth not widely acknowledged in the UK as yet that Robin Ticciati's elder brother Hugo is no less fine a shaper of...

 

DANIEL KRAMER FOR ENO ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: CAUSE FOR CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM? Can the new incumbent hold out against the company's impoverishment?

CD: SNARKY PUPPY - CULCHA VULCHA Renowned fusioneers give themselves studio space to play

10 QUESTIONS FOR MUSICIAN DEBASHISH BHATTACHARYA The Indian raga slide guitar genius talks Hawaii, Brighton, punk rock and more

THE SILK ROAD, BBC FOUR How 2,000-year-old trade routes carried merchandise, ideas and inventions between Europe and China

DVD: TOOTSIE Dustin Hoffman dresses as a woman to become a better man in a lovingly crafted screwball comedy

Q&A SPECIAL: SIR MARK ELDER ON DVOŘÁK The Hallé's music director introduces a sumptuous festival of the Czech composer's work

disc of the day

DVD: The Hateful Eight

Torrents of blood in the Wyoming snow

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Brighton Festival

Win a Luxury Weekend for Two at the 50th Brighton Festival!

Prize includes hotel, a meal and event tickets

DVD: Pink String and Sealing Wax

Sub-texts galore in grade-A Ealing melodrama

10 Questions for Musician Beth Orton

The singer-songwriter talks about California, EDM, music-making, money and more

tv

The Silk Road, BBC Four

How 2,000-year-old trade routes carried merchandise, ideas and inventions between Europe and China

Line of Duty, Series 3 Finale, BBC Two

Vicki McClure takes charge in pulsating showdown to round off gripping series

Mary Beard's Ultimate Rome: Empire without Limit, BBC Two

How did all the roads in the ancient world end up leading to Rome?

film

DVD: The Hateful Eight

Torrents of blood in the Wyoming snow

Son of Saul

Dead man walking: Hungarian exploration of the closed universe of Auschwitz-Birkenau

DVD: Tootsie

Dustin Hoffman dresses as a woman to become a better man in a lovingly crafted screwball comedy

new music

CD: Snarky Puppy – Culcha Vulcha

Renowned fusioneers give themselves studio space to play

Reissue CDs Weekly: The Move, The Yardbirds

Yet more outings for essential but oft-reissued albums by two seminal British bands

CD: Gregory Porter - Take Me to the Alley

Crossover jazz star returns to his roots

classical

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Middle Temple Hall

Mendelssohn's incidental music adds to an enchanted Shakespeare evening

Zuev, LPO, Jurowski, RFH

Rachmaninov's strangest adventure excels even Strauss's Alpine journey

Q&A Special: Sir Mark Elder on Dvořák

The Hallé's music director introduces a sumptuous festival of the Czech composer's work

opera

Daniel Kramer for ENO Artistic Director: cause for cautious optimism?

Can the new incumbent hold out against the company's impoverishment?

Il Vologeso, Classical Opera, Cadogan Hall

A gem from 1766 offers pure delight in perfect casting and playing

Tannhäuser, Royal Opera

Superior cast elevates revival of Albery’s serviceable production

theatre

A Midsummer Night's Dream, Middle Temple Hall

Mendelssohn's incidental music adds to an enchanted Shakespeare evening

The Iliad, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

A fast-moving, thoughtful Homer adaptation marks Mark Thomson's last production in charge of the Lyceum

Elegy, Donmar Warehouse

New drama which explores brain science and female relationships is a bit too slight

visual arts

Alberto Giacometti, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

A one-of-a-kind artist gains context and depth surrounded by his contemporaries

John Piper, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Intimately connected to his paintings, the artist's textiles remain mysterious

Sicily: Culture and Conquest, British Museum

For centuries, invading armies, migrants and merchants have shaped the art of Italy's southern outpost: can an exhibition do it justice?

dance

BalletBoyz, Life, Sadler's Wells

Controversial choreographer Javier de Frutos fakes own death, steals show

Mariinsky Ballet: Concerto DSCH, Sacre, Wales Millennium Centre

A flying visit from St Petersburg, without the swans

She Said, English National Ballet, Sadler's Wells

Tamara Rojo explores her inner Diaghilev in a fascinating bill of new work

comedy

Marcus Brigstocke, Soho Theatre

Observational comic gets some gripes off his chest

Victoria Wood: 'Please could you repeat the question?'

She was the most gifted comedian of her generation, male or female

10 Questions for Comedian Alexei Sayle

The Liverpudlian Surrealist talks film, music and imaginary sandwich bars

gaming

Ratchet & Clank

Spit and polish trumps bodge it and scarper

Miitomo

Nintendo makes a surprising choice for its first mobile app

Dark Souls III

Snap defeat from the jaws of victory in this hardcore RPG action adventure

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